Desires of the Dead: A Body Finder Novel

Desires of the Dead: A Body Finder Novel

Book rating: 03 Hardback Body Finder

By (author) Kimberly Derting

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 212mm x 34mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061779849
  • ISBN 13: 9780061779848
  • Sales rank: 140,150

Product description

The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered--and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

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By Amanda 19 Jan 2012 4

Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)

Even though I absolutely loved the first book, this one took me a little bit to get into. I don't really know why. But as soon as I kept reading and got a little ways in, it completely dragged me into the story and I was hooked all over again. I love Violet's world, no matter how creepy and dark it may be sometimes.

I love the mystery in this series. This one had a pretty big twist in it, making you think it was one person, but another person held the imprint. Sometimes I was able to predict what would happen next, but not always.
This series is a little creepy sometimes to read at night. I was always looking around to make sure I wasn't being watched. I knew I wasn't, but I felt like I was, which adds a bit to the story, ha! And just like the first book, their is some parts in the book from someone else's point-of-view which adds to the mystery of trying to figure out who it is.

Even though you don't get a whole lot about Mike, the new character, you get to know a lot about his past and his family. And I absolutely adore Jay. So. Freaking. Much. *swoon* They are so adorable! It makes me smile every time they are together. Their relationship grows and despite some bumps in the road, they came out stronger in the end. I also think that there may be a love triangle in the third book, which I'm kind of curious about, though I am so Team Jay!

I also really liked Sara Priest and Rafe. I'm very, VERY curious to hear more about them and to see what sort of ability Rafe may have.

Overall, Desires of the Dead wasn't as amazing as The Body Finder, but it definitely was a great book and I can't wait to read the next book. I'm very excited for it!

By Lydia Presley 15 Feb 2011 3

I enjoyed The Body Finder. I thought it was an interesting premise and found it filled with action and romantic tension and as time has passed it's one of those memories that have grown fonder. That said, I was a bit disappointed with Desires of the Dead.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Violet and Jay and their relationship, I loved the mystery and the suspense and everything that I enjoyed about The Body Finder - but what I didn't like was the introduction of Sara Priest. I felt as if the story went too far by introducing that particular aspect, and what I had been enjoying as a paranormal fantasy tried to go a little too X-Files/The Ghost Whisperer on me. It's hard to pin down with words exactly how it affected me, but it just felt a bit.. corny.

I still enjoyed much of the story and found the writing to be stronger than it was in The Body Finder. I hate saying anything negative about the book because, as a series, I'm finding it to be one of the more enjoyable YA Paranormal ones out there - I just wish that things could have been done without the introduction of Sara Priest (who is actually the only character I have issues with - Rafe is fine).

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"First-time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high-school settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart-stopping drama. A real page-turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone."--Booklist about The Body Finder